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Tasha’s Tips: Staying Healthy in Law School

Law School can be mentally and physically exhausting. When I went to class, I sometimes felt like I was carrying bricks on my back, or like I didn’t have enough time to do anything. Things were even worse if I wasn’t feeling well. As you can imagine, studying while you are sick is NO FUN! So here are some tips that can make your life as a law student a little bit easier:

Drink Water. Water makes up roughly two-thirds of your body weight so it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. You might be thinking: how much water do I need to drink every day? The Institute of Medicine recommends 3 liters of liquid a day for men and 2.2 liters for women. When I’m feeling down, tired, or depressed, water with lemon really does the trick for me! Fortunately, New York Law School’s campus is equipped with plenty of water fountains so drink up. 

Exercise. You will never see me jogging through Central Park or at the gym six days a week, but I do walk every day and if I get to the gym two or three times a week, I’m having a good one. It’s important to stay active during law school to keep up your energy levels, your mood, and your immune system. When I was a student, if all I did was study and sleep without moving around, I felt more lethargic and it would interfere with my studying—which defeats the purpose! So study, study, study AND take breaks to walk around, or even jog every now and then.

A Glass of Wine…Please? Sometimes after a long day of studying or too little sleep, I loved having a glass of wine before falling asleep in one of my textbooks. The good news for wine lovers is that there are several health benefits from having a glass of wine. Some medical studies have shown that moderate wine consumption is associated with lower risk for cardiovascular disease, as well as lower levels of stress.[1] Making this even more justification for enjoying a glass of wine or two, it’s good for your heart and your mind. A total win-win!

Citrus Left and Right. I swear I don’t know how I could have made it through law school and studying for the bar exam without my vitamin C. During law school I always felt like I was fighting off a cold. So I bulked up on taking additional vitamin C and eating citrus fruits—and it paid off! If you want to prevent a cold, stock up on oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits.  

Green Is Cool. As a kid, I usually fought it, but now I order vegetables as a side for every meal. Veggies—you can’t live with them or without them! Like fruit, vegetables are low in fat but high in vitamins and minerals that are important for maintaining a healthy mind and body. Adding more greens to your plate can only help matters, so enjoy those salads!

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